Yesterday, Toronto was blessed with a surprise appearance from Childish Gambino as he announced that he would be appearing at Trinity Bellwoods Park to play music off his new album. He specified that there would be no performance but fans were definitely not disappointed as hundreds gathered together on a beautiful sunny day to listening to dope music in the park. Gambino gave a whole new meaning to the term ‘dog day afternoon’ as people skipped class and left work early to participate in the genius marketing strategy.
Yesterday also marked the release for the video for Bed Peace, a track off of Jhené Aiko‘s EP Sail Out. The music video pays homage to the “bed-ins for peace” which were orchestrated by the late Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. The bed-ins were an method of non-violent protest against the Vietnam War that lasted two decades between 1955 and 1975. The culture of America shifted drastically during that period from devout patriotism to the hippie movement which fought for peace, freedom from discrimination, racism, sexism as well as a more socially conscious United States of America.
People have observed that the social climate of today is changing thanks to the Millennial generation and thus Bed Peace is far more relevant and in tune with the times than most people realize. Jhené’s vocals are nothing short of a sweet airy dream as she discusses waking up at 2:30 PM in the afternoon, smoking a J, inviting her partner over for a love-making session and then respecting each other’s space afterwards. This is definitely counter-intutive to the values that are being placed on young people today. You shouldn’t sleep until noon, that shows poor work ethic. You shouldn’t smoke kush, you should be wired on caffeine. A woman shouldn’t want space after sex, she should expect to be cuddled. But alas we’re forging our own values and redefining the world, most often through our bedrooms nonetheless. Marinate on that.
Mid-video, Jhené discussed the meaning of “sail out” which she also explained during her panel at the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture. You can check out the video below and perhaps it’ll inspire you to take it easy today. We all need a little peace. We could all use an afternoon in the park.